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Old 08-10-2008   #1
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Advice Please

I am so hoping you can help me. I am 51 years old and in my second season paddling. I love it!!! I just purchased the New Wavesport Fuse 48. I am hoping I will like it and it will be easy for me to roll. The problem I have is I am only 5'4" and have very large breasts with a short torso. I have a very hard time getting my hands out of the water. Is there a way around this? Perhaps I wear too beefy of a life jacket, but I know floatation is important. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 08-10-2008   #2
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Don't know if you have a kayaking pfd or not, but if not they are designed for more movement as opposed to the massive ones that some raft companies use for customers. As for getting your hands out of the water, you could try gluing some extra foam onto your seat so you can sit a little higher in your boat and reach out farther.

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Old 08-10-2008   #3
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The Astral Bella has a built in jog bra type thing which some people really like and others do not care for...Depending on size and build (the more you have to hold in place, the better works-I'm a guy so I'm not sure on the real world application of this thing). Read more about it here.

Maybe taking a lesson, or paddling with someone who has been at it for a while would be a good idea too. That way you'll be sure that you're setting up for your roll the proper way.
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Old 08-10-2008   #4
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Learn the back deck roll and it will no longer be an issue.
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Old 08-10-2008   #5
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Thanks to all of you for advice!!! I actually borrowed a low profile pfd and went to the lake today, and sooooo...easy to roll. That will be my next purchase. I can actually do a back dell roll but I never think of it when I'm getting pounded. I just do my normal roll. I took my first swim in a year a week ago and it kinda set me back mentally a bit. New river, didn't scout, paddled right into a hole and rolled 6 times (still in the hole) swam, (still in the hole) got rescued "whew".
Is it normal to feel a bit nervous after that!!!
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